Before joining Ryerson University in 2005, Dr. Rahul Sapra worked as a Permanent Lecturer (Tenured Faculty) in the University of Delhi. He completed his PhD at Queen’s University, where he was also honoured with a Teaching Fellowship. While in India, he was selected to do a course in Film Appreciation at the Film and Television Institute of India. He has also worked as a free-lance journalist and has published for The Statesman, The Pioneer, and Encyclopedia Britannica. His research interests include Renaissance literatures, Shakespearean Drama, Literary Theory, Postcolonial Studies and Third-World Cinema. His book The Limits of Orientalism: Seventeenth-Century Representations of India provides alternatives to Edward Said’s discourse of “Orientalism,” and exposes the ahistorical and essentialist tendencies in the works of theorists such as Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Kate Teltscher and others. The book has been praised for making “a useful contribution to the revisionist assault on Said's Orientalism” (Times Literary Supplement).
His current research deals with diverse ways of reading Shakespeare in India by analysing the unexplored areas of Hindi and Punjabi translations, English language stage productions, and "Bollywood"/Hindi film adaptations (Monograph in progress: “Is Shakespeare a Foreigner in India?”).